This week at iLounge: Much delayed and price-bumped, Griffin Technology's superdock TuneCenter has finally started to ship to stores, and we've been putting the first one through its paces. With an Ethernet port and the ability to stream Internet Radio from your router with zero out-of-box configuration, TuneCenter is also one of the only iPod docks that lets you navigate an iPod's music library through your TV set. We also look at Mirage's OmniVibe speaker system, which promises a 360-degree listening field from inside of a small, Bose SoundDock-sized speaker enclosure, as well as a collection of new iPod security solutions from Secure-It, i2 Electronics, and Targus. Each one keeps your iPod safe for $40, but Secure-It's PodSafe is the best of the bunch.
In the news this week, NPD reported that the iPod held a 75.6% market share for the second quarter of 2006 — more than 65% higher than its closest competitor, SanDisk. Apple posted an in-depth report from its audit of working and living conditions at the Chinese Foxconn iPod factory. Lions Gate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that the studio has partnered with Apple and that the iTunes Music Store will have movie downloads before the end of the year. Plus, Seagate promises a 120GB version of its iPod-ready 1.8" hard drive, Tweeter launches an iPod trade-in program, and a 14 year old girl gets sued for losing her friend's iPod.